Weekly economic update for February 5, 2024


Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


economy

  • Construction spending rose 0.9% in December compared with November, the Census Bureau reported.
  • Home prices posted an annual gain of 5.1% in November, up from 4.7% in October, according to the S&P CoreLogic/Case Shiller Index.

Employment

  • Initial jobless claims increased by 9,000 to 224,000 in the week ended January 27, 2024, the Department of Labor Found.
  • The U.S. added 353,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7% in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Profits

  • As of January 31, 2024, of the 185 S&P 500 Index companies reporting fourth-quarter earnings, 140 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Emotion

  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose in January, reaching a two-year high.

Europe

  • Eurostat noted the euro area annual inflation rate is expected to fall to 2.8% in January from 2.9% in December.
  • The HCOB Eurozone Manufacturing PMI rose to 46.6 in January from 44.4 in December.
  • The HCOB Germany Manufacturing PMI climbed to 45.5 in January from 43.3 in December.

Rates

  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined.
  • The Bank of England decided to maintain its bank rate at 5.25%.
  • The Federal Reserve held rates steady.

Risks

  • Rate of inflation moderation
  • Slower economic growth amid higher interest rates
  • Magnitude of earnings degradation

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